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Monday, July 29, 2013

BBQ Food Allergies

We all love a summer BBQ. Everything seems to taste better after it's been grilled!
Before you throw your food on the grill be aware of potential food allergy problems. Check all marinades and toppings for food allergens (such as wheat and fish). Also take precautions for cross contamination. Grills should be meticulously cleaned after allergenic foods have been broiled on them. Shared utensils can also pose a problem. Enjoy those summer BBQs safely!

Food Allergy BBQ Tips:
clean grill
clean utensils
check marinades/sauces
plan ahead (gluten free buns and sauces, separate grilling equipment and utensils if necessary)
check side dishes for allergens (nuts in salads and slaws, etc...)
bring your meds

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kosher Gluten Free Burritos

Summer is the perfect time for light meals. Who doesn't love a good wrap with all the fixins?
Well some of those fixins might get you into a fix if you have food allergies!
Shredded cheese, wheat based wraps, and sour cream can be very problematic ingredients.
Check out the tips below for awesome (and allergy friendly) burritos......

Gluten Free Wraps:
Food For Life Brown Rice Tortillas
Mission Corn Tortillas
Sonoma Gluten Free Wraps

Dairy Free Fillings:
Cubed Grilled Chicken
Black Beans
Mango Chunks
Sliced Red Onion
Shredded lettuce
Baby Spinach Leaves
Brown Rice (seasoned)

Dairy Free Toppings:
Sliced Jalapenos
Black Olives
Soy based Sour Cream
Non Dairy Cheese like (Daiya)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Plum Allergy

Plums are in season! While plum allergies are not common having them may mean that you will also be sensitive to foods in the same botanical family. Plum relatives include: almond, apricot, cherry, peach, nectarine, and prunes (dried plums). Being allergic to one of these doesn't mean that you have to avoid all of its cousins. Consult your allergist about which foods are appropriate to avoid for your specific situation.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Allergen-Free Snack Bars

If you have multiple food allergies finding a snack bar that fits the bill is tough.

If it has to be kosher too it might seem impossible.

Impossible just became reality!

Enjoy Life Foods Natural Decadence bars are not only free of the 8 most common allergens they are cRc kosher pareve as well.

Dairy Free
Soy Free
Wheat Free
Peanut Free
Tree Nut Free
Egg Free
Fish Free
Shellfish Free

But how do they taste?

Yummy!Crunchy, yet moist and full of flavor.

The folks at Enjoy Life foods specialize in making kosher, allergy friendly foods in their dedicated facility. No worries about cross contamination or problematic ingredients.

Pack em in your kids backpack or grab some bars for the car or office.

disclosure #1: blogger has received samples of this product
disclosure #2: said product has been gobbled up by blogger's kids

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mango and Poison Ivy

Extremely Sensitive to poison ivy? If so be careful with mango skins! Did you know that mango and poison ivy are in the same botanical family? If you're allergic to poison Ivy you may experience a similar reaction to the skin and vine of the mango. While the mango skin can cause contact dermatitis the pulp should be fine. This is because the fruit of the mango doesn't contain urushiol (the poison ivy allergen).

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Fruit Allergies

Colorful, fragrant fruit fill the produce bins in the summer. Those luscious summer fruits may remain a feast for the eyes only if you suffer from food allergies. Whether you have true fruit allergies or oral allergy syndrome be careful. People with oral allergy syndrome can often enjoy their fruits cooked without incident. If you have a true food allergy you'll have to avoid the allergenic fruit.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

What To Eat Before The Fast

                                                                                      Wondering what to prepare for the Pre-Tisha B'Av meal?
Read the article below for some nutritious suggestions that will help you
make it through this difficult day. Believe it or not studies have shown that high carb, high fat meals are best for storing energy before a fast. Don't forget to drink, drink, drink the entire day before the fast (preferably water).

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dairy-Free Meals for the 9 Days

Planning meals for the 9 days can be especially challenging when dealing with egg, dairy, soy, fish, or wheat allergies. Check out the links to previous posts on kosher with food allergies for ideas on how to get through this difficult period.
Dairy-Free Nine Days
Alternative Pastas

Be sure to checkout this
kosher with food allergies article featured in the Jewish Press
"Dairy-Free 9 Days"

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Allergy Friendly Boyscout Experience

Kosherfoodallergies salutes troop 613 in Atlanta,GA for being extremely sensitive to the needs of their food allergic scouts/campers. Recently at a weeklong camping get away this troop safely fed 4 food allergic scouts. The allergies between the 4 of them included dairy, treenuts, soy, peas, kiwi, and beef. Efforts were made to keep the menu accessible to all campers whenever possible. During a special birthday celebration efforts were made that all scouts could have a special treat. Of course "they came prepared" with Benadryl and Epipens just in case.Congratulations on a fun filled, food allergy safe week. We salute the BSA Woodruff Scout Reservation as well for their peanut free tables in the dining room. Keep up the great work!!!